GL Edmund Fitzgerald vs. Founders Porter

Discussion in 'Beer Talk' started by tectactoe, Nov 20, 2012.


Would you choose GL Edmund Fitzgerald vs. Founders Porter as the better American porter?

  1. Great Lakes Edmund Fitzgerald

    283 vote(s)
  2. Founder's Porter

    278 vote(s)
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  1. tylermains

    tylermains Initiate (0) Apr 6, 2010 Kentucky

    Is it really a question?

    Source: Look at Untappd's top drinker for Eddy Fitz. That drinker also hasn't checked in nearly as many times as he's had the beer.
  2. MichPaul

    MichPaul Zealot (597) Jan 28, 2012 Michigan
    Beer Trader

    Only had one Edmond and didn't care for it. Not sure why, that is. Had MANY Founders Porters and love it every time I have it. I have been meaning to revisit an EF because with all this hype, it has to be better than the bottle I had of it before... Never had a bad bottle of Founders Porter, so they get the vote.
  3. UCLABrewN84

    UCLABrewN84 Poo-Bah (12,229) Mar 18, 2010 California

    Edmund Fitzgerald by a slight margin. Both are great though.
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  4. WYVYRN527

    WYVYRN527 Initiate (0) Jan 8, 2007 Minnesota

    Both are great porters, but I have an undying love for Edmund Fitzgerald. I just wish that when opening a bottle, Gordon Lightfoot would sound from the opening.
  5. frazbri

    frazbri Crusader (740) Oct 29, 2003 Ohio

    Love both of them, so I'll choose which ever one's fresher.
  6. creepinjeeper

    creepinjeeper Champion (840) Nov 8, 2012 Missouri
    Subscriber Beer Trader

    I've not had either yet, so I am going to bump them both up on my list to try soon,
  7. ncstateplaya

    ncstateplaya Initiate (0) Nov 8, 2008 North Carolina

    I wasn't a fan of the Fitzgerald...actually haven't been much of a fan of any of the GL I have tried. Time and time again, I would choose a Founders over GL. Now you throw in the Smuttynose Robust Porter and we will be having another conversation.
  8. tectactoe

    tectactoe Initiate (0) Mar 20, 2012 Michigan

    Just did a side by side last night to make sure my original opinions were correct. They both are very tasty porters, but I definitely have to go with Founder's. It's an amazing porter. The aromas and flavors seem to come out a bit more, and are full of cocoa and nuttiness. The creamy mouthfeel puts it over the edge.

    But I'd still never turn down an EF.
  9. bound4er

    bound4er Champion (805) Jul 4, 2007 Wisconsin

    For session drinking it is EdFitz. For one or two beer enjoyment, Founders all the way given its more full, bigger style.
  10. dep0952

    dep0952 Initiate (0) Jul 26, 2012 Pennsylvania

    Not even a contest... Founders
  11. spry

    spry Initiate (0) Oct 8, 2009 Michigan

    It's pretty simple in my mind. Founder's Porter is hoppy, I don't really care for too much hop bitterness in my porter. Edmund Fitzgerald is a little smoky, which I love. Taking this preference into account I think both are really well done porters.
  12. OneBeertoRTA

    OneBeertoRTA Devotee (490) Jan 2, 2010 California
    Beer Trader

    You mean to tell me that OPs avatar is not her? The nerve...
  13. mb2696

    mb2696 Initiate (0) Dec 9, 2008 Virginia
    Beer Trader

    i'd have to go with founders...the silky/creamy mouthfeel blows away EF imo
  14. thecheapies

    thecheapies Initiate (0) Jan 11, 2009 Pennsylvania

    According to my reviews: Founders Porter over Eddy Fitz, 4.4 to 4.3.
  15. MisterClean

    MisterClean Initiate (0) Jan 11, 2008 California

    Hype? Had GLEF on tap at GABF this year and was disappointed, maybe from the beer having so much hype. Malts were a little too smoky + hop bitterness. Would rather drink RR, Black Marlin from Ballast Point, and Black Raven from Bear Republic.
  16. fauxpunker

    fauxpunker Initiate (0) Nov 23, 2012

    Had the Founders porter and loved it. Thanks for telling me which one I'm trying next, though. As long as I don't have to listen to Gordon Lighfoot while I drink it.
  17. thereal

    thereal Initiate (145) Apr 20, 2010 Illinois

    Eugene from Revolution is better than both.
  18. garbercury

    garbercury Initiate (0) Jul 6, 2007 Pennsylvania

    So close by a nose, Edmund Fitz.
  19. garbercury

    garbercury Initiate (0) Jul 6, 2007 Pennsylvania

    If you have not had both why would you vote?
  20. JoeyBeerBelly

    JoeyBeerBelly Initiate (0) Dec 15, 2006 New York

    I can only get Eddy Fitz via trade or my son bringing some home from school.

    I can get Founders locally but I prefer Edmund Fitzgerald over Founders Porter.

    I'd actually take Smuttynose Robust Porter (2nd place) and Alpha Klaus (3rd place) over Founders.
  21. stooge

    stooge Aspirant (259) Feb 22, 2012 Michigan
    Beer Trader

    Agonizing choice as I am a big fan of both of these. I'm going with Fitz in a photo finish, it's on tap at my local right now at my request!
  22. argock

    argock Poo-Bah (2,770) Dec 30, 2006 Virginia

    Founders but very close, GL EF is also really good, more roasted and dry whereas Founders is more chocolate, sweet, and creamy
  23. BeerFan

    BeerFan Initiate (137) Feb 11, 2003 New Jersey
    Beer Trader

    Just had a blind tasting between Smutty, Founders and GL.

    Results: Founders with a close victory over Smutty with GL a distance third. Smutty has a more hop finish over Founders (I prefer my stouts to be more malt forward), but I found GL to be thin and lacking complexity.
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  24. 312HopBomb

    312HopBomb Initiate (0) Mar 4, 2012 Illinois

    Great Lakes Edmund Fitzgerald wins for porter. Founders takes the stout category with breakfast stout
  25. tectactoe

    tectactoe Initiate (0) Mar 20, 2012 Michigan

    Hm, 140 votes to 136 votes at this moment... probably the closest head to head match up I've seen!
  26. rubicat

    rubicat Initiate (0) Nov 22, 2012 Ohio

    A tough one, but I'd have to say that Eddie Fitz wins by a hair.
  27. bigflatsbeerman

    bigflatsbeerman Disciple (349) Nov 2, 2005 New York

    Thanks for posting. As of my vote the count was 50.5% Edmond Fitzgerald - really close. I see the post comments are also almost even. Sounds like they are both awesome.
  28. TheFightingMongooses

    TheFightingMongooses Initiate (0) Nov 14, 2012 New Jersey

    I have to give this to Fitzy. I had Founders Porter for the first time recently and was really disappointed. I thought it was a little bland and watery. Definitely want to give it another try sometime to see if anything has changed.

    Actually, I prefer the drier English porters like Fullers to the American ones, but I won't argue that in this thread.
  29. Atelidae

    Atelidae Initiate (0) Nov 15, 2012

    Tough, tough decision! Off hand I would like to say the Ed Fitz, though I am generally quite biased towards Founders. I just purchased both on my most recent trip North, so I'll give them another go soon--perhaps blind!

    I love listening to the Gordon Lightfoot song about the sinking of the ship as I drink the GL porter. It's a great, terrible tale. Sometimes it's really nice to have a story to accompany your beer.
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  30. musicman7070

    musicman7070 Disciple (357) Aug 26, 2012 New Jersey
    Beer Trader

    Next beer trade? I can easily obtain both of these. :slight_smile:
  31. whendeathsleeps

    whendeathsleeps Initiate (0) Nov 5, 2011 Indiana

    This is tough as I love both beers, I guess Founder's by an inch.
  32. hoptualBrew

    hoptualBrew Defender (619) May 29, 2011 Florida
    Beer Trader

    I'm about to do a little Porter tasting soon, in the lineup;

    GL Edmund Fitzgerald, Founders Porter, Smuttynose Robust Porter, CCB Jose Marti & my own Robust Smoked Porter

    Should be pretty damn tasty I think.
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  33. tectactoe

    tectactoe Initiate (0) Mar 20, 2012 Michigan

    Let us know how it goes.
  34. whendeathsleeps

    whendeathsleeps Initiate (0) Nov 5, 2011 Indiana

    I love the first three listed.
  35. Brunite

    Brunite Initiate (0) Sep 21, 2009 Illinois

  36. whendeathsleeps

    whendeathsleeps Initiate (0) Nov 5, 2011 Indiana

    Love the beer, can live without the label.
  37. CBlack85

    CBlack85 Crusader (703) Jul 12, 2009 South Carolina
    Beer Trader

    I would have to say Founders Porter by the smallest of margins. I enjoy them both but Founders seems to have a leg up in the mouthfeel and body catagories.
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  38. Brunite

    Brunite Initiate (0) Sep 21, 2009 Illinois

    Really!! ?

    Love that label. Dark...mysterious...classy...!
  39. whendeathsleeps

    whendeathsleeps Initiate (0) Nov 5, 2011 Indiana

    Don't know why, but it's their only label I don't care for.
  40. tectactoe

    tectactoe Initiate (0) Mar 20, 2012 Michigan

    Don't forget "sexy" !
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